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11 items from 2009


Ltts Gift Idea - Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

18 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Looking for a Christmas gift that gives back? Last year, Look to the Stars brought you a story about Nelson Mandela's audiobook of African folktales read by your favorite stars. We have now learned that the Artists for a New South Africa (Ansa) audiobook has been nominated for a Grammy!

This selection of folktales from across the African continent is performed by a diverse group of acclaimed actors who donated their time and talents to the effort: Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, Cch Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker and Alfre Woodard. Directed by Alfre Woodard, the audiobook features a special message to the world’s children from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and original music by »

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Desmond Tutu Connects The World With Your Questions

14 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be this week’s guest on CNN’s Connect The World program, including an interview from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The program has given the public the chance to ask the questions they want answers to.

Using diplomacy and peaceful campaigning, Tutu has spent a lifetime striving to make the world a better place.

Throughout the 70s and 80s he was a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement in his home country South Africa. The cleric was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, and became the first black head of the Anglican Church of South Africa.

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Fern Britton lands BBC One series

4 November 2009 3:52 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fern Britton has landed her own series on BBC One, it has been announced. The four-part series, titled Fern Britton Meets, will see the former This Morning presenter conduct in-depth interviews with high-profile figures in the run-up to Christmas. Confirmed guests include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dolly Parton, Sheila Hancock and Tony Blair. Britton will explore how their faith and beliefs have shaped their lives and what is important to them about Christmas time. Britton commented: "All the interviewees come from very different backgrounds but what binds them together is the fact that, although their faith (more) »

- By Dan French

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DVD Playhouse--October 2009

15 October 2009 12:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—October 2009

By

Allen Gardner

The Wizard Of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’S Edition (Warner Bros.) A true highlight in digital restoration technology, Warner Bros. restoration of the 1939 classic is cause for celebration. The Technicolor of the late ‘30s looks as though it was shot yesterday, and is especially stunning on Blu-ray, which was produced by scanning each of the film’s original Technicolor camera negatives using 8K resolution. From this scan, a final “capture” master was created in 4K, yielding twice the resolution seen in the master utilized for the film’s previous DVD release. Judy Garland’s Dorothy is charming as ever, and the entire cast: Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, are all stellar. Four disc set bonuses include: Sing-along track; Documentaries and featurettes; Two 1914 silent films produced by Oz author L. Frank Baum, based on his stories »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Lily Allen, Fergie, Duran Duran battle climate change with 'Beds Are Burning' remake

2 October 2009 11:22 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

  A couple dozen musicians like Lily Allen, All American Rejects, Jet Li, Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, Duran Duran and Bob Geldof have combined forces to re-create the '80s hit "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil, as part of the Kofi Annan-led Tck Tck Tck: Time for Climate Justice campaign. The track has been released for free, with an accompanying video, on the Climate Justice website. Other standout, international contributors include Serena Ryder -- who sings a large part of the verses -- Mark Ronson, Jamie Cullum, Melanie Laurent, Marion Cotillard, Manu Katché, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah, Desmond Tutu, Amadou et »

- Katie Hasty

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Exclusive Interview: Hope Glows With 'Fierce Light' for Velcrow Ripper

1 October 2009 12:07 AM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Scenes of violent street protests tend to capture the attention of the news media during major political summits. Is aggression the only meaningful method of activism in a world in which people feel detached from world leaders, though? That is a question asked by Canadian independent filmmaker Velcrow Ripper in his latest documentary, Fierce Light.

Velcrow Ripper has been directing fiction and documentary films since his teenage years and even his earliest productions had political themes. He is no militant, though. Inspired by such activists as Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he seems more intent on encouraging introspection than persuasion. Fierce Light exemplifies that. The film essentially chronicles Ripper's personal exploration of different methods of activism and raises more questions than it answers. His approach, combined with some beautiful and striking images from some of the world's most exotic places, makes Fierce Light feel more like Baraka than An Inconvenient Truth »

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Poitier Honoured By Obama

12 August 2009 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Acting legend Sidney Poitier was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. leader Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Poitier, the first black man to win a Best Actor Oscar, was chosen for his contribution to acting and race relations.

During a ceremony at the White House in Washington DC, an audience was told how the 82 year old had "left an indelible mark on American culture" and "advanced the nation's dialogue on race and respect."

Other recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilian honour - include entertainer Chita Rivera, science genius Stephen Hawking, late politician Harvey Milk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. »

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Poitier Awarded Medal of Freedom

12 August 2009 2:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

15 others honored, including Ted Kennedy, Desmond Tutu, Harvey Milk, Sandra Day O'Connor, Stephen Hawking.

By Ira Teinowitz

President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 people at the White House on Wednesday, among them the first African American to win a Best Actor Oscar, Sidney Poitier.

Calling Poitier -- who won a Best Actor Oscar for 1963's "Lillies of the Field" and a nomination for 1959's "The Defiant Ones" -- an "ambassador and actor," the president in a statement said he "has left an indelible mark on American culture.

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- Lew Harris

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Obama to Recognize Poitier

30 July 2009 12:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Ira Teinowitz

Actor Sidney Poitier and actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera will be among the 16 recipients of President Obama’s first Medal of Freedom Awards as president next month, the White House said Thursday.

They will be part of a group that includes physicist Stephen Hawking, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Billie Jean King, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the late San Francisco Mayor Harvey Milk and Bishop Desmond Tutu.

The White House said this year’s list of recipients, to be honored in ceremonies Aug. 12, were chosen as “agents of change.”

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- Lew Harris

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Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Charlize Theron, 22 More Commemorate Nelson Mandela's 91st Birthday With Audio Book

21 July 2009 11:10 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Nelson Mandela celebrates his 91st birthday this year, and in celebration, a slew of Hollywood staples have partnered with Hachette Book Group and Artists for a New South Africa to present the audio book Nelson Mandela's Favorite Folktales. Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Scarlett Johnassen, Don Cheadle, Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron and Samuel L. Jackson are just seven of 23 actors and two musicians who donated their dynamic voices to bring new life to these old stories. The three-disc set also includes a message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town. »

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Katona to address exclusive Oxford Union

23 April 2009 9:38 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kerry Katona is to follow in the footsteps of names such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama when she addresses Oxford Union this month. The reality TV star and former Atomic Kitten will talk to the University's debating society about her life as a celebrity, reports the Daily Mail. The forum claims to be the 'most (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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